Vice president Joseph R. Biden is set to touch down in Kiev on Monday to discuss the turbulent situation with Russia — but if his past remarks still hold water, he will hardly consider the diplomatic outreach a hardship tour.

During a 2009 visit to the country, Mr. Biden couldn’t help but be bowled over by the nation’s beautiful women.

In a two-day visit, he made several comments about the women to President Viktor Yushchenko.

His first: “[They’re] the most beautiful women in the world. That’s my observation,” Mr. Biden said, during his July 2009 visit.

He then made a similar comment during an unscheduled stop at a pub in Kiev: “It’s certain you have so many beautiful women.”